HOW-TO: Magenta/Pink Hair Color Using Pravana & ColorMelting

By Lauren Salapatek | 07/16/2014 12:50:00 PM


Hair Colorist Shannon Gabbour created this look for her client, (and new mom!) Sammy. “It was quite a process!” she says. Gabbour’s color inspiration came from this gorgeous orchid bouquet. We think she was pretty spot on with the final result!


STEP 1: "I used the Pravana Artificial Hair Color Extractor to remove her level 4 violet brown base."

STEP 2: "Next, I used Redken's Flash Lift Lightener with 10 vol to even out and lift her from regrowth to ends and 20 vol for her regrowth."

STEP 3: "I used the Pravana Silk Degrees Treatment to even out the hair's porosity. I wanted to make sure her Vivids would process evenly and last as long as possible."

STEP 4:  "For the hair color application, I sectioned the hair from the recession of the front hair line on her left side at an angle around her head toward the back middle of her right ear. I used Pravana Vivids Violet in that section."

STEP 5: "Next, I moved to the top of the head and applied the foils in a pinwheel shape. I did two violet slices, and applied Pravana Pink to each foil in-between. Then, I applied one Pravana Magenta foil and continued the pattern."

STEP 6: "On the sides, I used the same pattern, but foiled vertically around the head. I applied Pravana Pink between each foil and at the root of each foil. Then, it color melted with either the violet or magenta sections (to avoid any lines of demarcation).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lauren Salapatek

Lauren Salapatek Lauren Salapatek, Web Editor for Modern Salon | Salon Today | First Chair.

(Previous positions: Associate Editor/E-Newsletter Content Production Manager)

Since January 2010, Lauren has worked for Modern Salon Media covering salon style, product and beauty trends, and business editorial for both print and online content. As of October 2013, Lauren’s role changed to Web Editor—now she manages all online editorial content for, and As part of her responsibilities, she creates, edits, organizes and curates content for all Modern Salon Media’s websites; manages the creation and production of all Salon e-newsletters; promotes Modern Salon Media’s digital content via several social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest); and maintains an editorial calendar to keep all Modern Salon Media’s websites timely and current.

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